City officials and business leaders are celebrating the start of a shopping development in the heart of New Orleans. City leaders say the Mid-City Market will affect the entire city.
Construction equipment roared in the background as Mayor Mitch Landrieu and other officials prepared to wield ceremonial shovels.
“What we design. How we design it. Where we put it. What corners we put it on. And how it helps inform the neighborhoods in the city are as important as creating a place just where we created jobs.”
The 100,000-square-foot development on North Carrollton Avenue will be anchored by a Winn Dixie. Other leaseholders include Pinkberry Frozen Yogurt, Office Depot and Five Guys burgers. Local retailers are also being recruited.
“You have a city that is on fire, and beginning to move in the right direction in a very aggressive way. And of course, when we have projects like this that are not part of what we said we we’re going to do but we’re actually under construction, I think that sets a tone that actually New Orleans is not talking any more. New Orleans is doing.”
Landrieu says the shopping center will connect with the Lafitte Corridor – a three-mile linear park planned to extend to the French Quarter. Landrieu says it will ultimately connect the Mississippi River with Lake Pontchartrain.
The market is set to open early next year.